Goliath v. David

At this point, this little blog has had about as much readership as a small-town high school newspaper on the last week of school before summer. Apparently, that was a bit too much publicity for Vertrue, aka Memberworks, aka CardMember Publishing, owner of Adaptive Marketing (current owner of the Freescore.com trademark and former owner of freescore.com). I can’t imagine why a company that has changed its name three times would be so interested in hiding its past . . .

But, lo and behold, Adaptive Marketing has pulled out the big guns for me when it filed this application for bill of discovery in Connecticut state court, alleging “defamation, trade libel, and tortious interference with contractual relations and business expectancies.”

Or maybe it’s the small guns? C’mon, didn’t you want to spring for one of those white shoe law firms handling your class action cases to do a little abuse of the subpoena power? (Reminder to the litigious types, this is an opinion.)

Here is a response from Paul Levy of the Public Citizen Litigation Group, with his local counsel Kathryn Emmett of the law firm Emmett & Glander.

To recap for those of you following along at home: Felix Salmon wrote about Ben Stein advertising for Freescore. I wrote a follow up using publicly available information about Freescore’s legal and corporate history. The New York Times fired Ben Stein, and Felix Salmon celebrated at the Oyster Bar, Grand Central Terminal, NYC.

After that, I stopped paying attention to Freescore et al. But since they hadn’t stopped paying attention to me (and not in a good way), I did a little more constitutionally protected research. Here are some other interesting things that have come out since I wrote my entry:

And some stuff I missed the first time around:

Seems to me they should have let my post and my blog die the quiet death it had settled into. I guess we shall see . . .

PS: Felix Salmon covers my legal troubles!

Update: Ben Stein works for Yahoo? I can’t keep track of the guy.  Also, more from Paul Levy on his Consumer Law & Policy blog.

Update 2: More coverage from techdirt.

Update 3: Salon here.


6 responses to “Goliath v. David

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  3. Ben probably gets more eyeballs from Yahoo than he ever did from that Times column, you know.

  4. It’s strange that they think by suing you they would get anywhere. The only thing they get blash from the interent

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  6. Keep on digging up dirt on them.

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